Could a Psychic Win the Lottery?

Comedian Jay Leno asked a question that may have crossed your mind as well. "How come you never see a headline like 'Psychic Wins Lottery'?" After all, psychics are supposed to be people with extraordinary mental abilities, enabling them to perceive events before they actually take place. You could call them clairvoyants or fortune tellers – they are supposed to see the future, no? If anyone has the supernatural power capable of determining the winning numbers of the next US Powerball draw before it takes place, it would be a psychic.

And yet, you never see that headline!

Could a psychic win the lottery?

Is this because psychics can’t actually predict the winning lottery numbers? Or possibly because they decide to remain anonymous after their wins?

Contrary to what you might think, there have been occasions when psychics accurately predicted lottery results before the draws took place. Let’s take a look.

Psychics predict lottery wins

Consider the story of Carolyn O'Brien, a woman from Connecticut who claimed a $3 million lottery prize in May 2017. O'Brien said that she had her fortune read by a psychic many years ago and the psychic suddenly grabbed her hand and told her, "I see you with a check in your hand cheering 'I did it!'"

In another example, Jill Childs, a psychic from the city of Chelmsford, predicted her client Lynne Groves would never have to worry about money again. That was in October 2015. Just four months later, Groves won a £1 million Lotto jackpot. Groves is still buying lottery tickets as the clairvoyant apparently told her she will win another million!

Why don't psychics win the lottery?

Who says a psychic has never won the lottery? Here’s an example of someone who did!

In August 2010, a British woman by the name of Ocean Kinge set up a lottery syndicate after her psychic powers predicted a big lottery win. She claimed she sensed 'energies' telling her to start that syndicate.

“Out of the blue one day I just said 'let's start a lottery syndicate because I've just got a really strong feeling we are going to win a big win at the end of the year',” Kinge said. “'I said it was going to be a million pounds - don't ask me how, I just knew.” If this ‘energy’ was so strong, why didn’t Kinge buy the lottery tickets on her own? "I don't know. I just had a feeling it had to be in a syndicate," she said.

Sure enough, the syndicate won £1 million in the EuroMillions Millionaire Raffle that year. Crazy coincidence or a psychic feat? We'll let you be the judge of this weird story.

Why can't psychics win the lottery?

Sometimes, as we have seen, a psychic foresees a big lottery win for a client. And if the psychic really wants to be helpful, they encourage the client to buy their lottery tickets so that their prediction will come true.

People sometimes have a gut feeling that they need to play the lottery but in the case of 54-year-old Kevin Millard from California, it was a repeated message from an online psychic that got him to purchase his tickets.

Millard had been using the psychic's services on a free trial run and he planned to cancel the connection. But, the psychic wouldn't leave him alone. “She would hit me periodically with messages saying ‘Your money’s coming. This year is a change for you.’” Millard said.

One of Millard's Powerball tickets  entitled him to a prize worth $1,009,368 in September 2015.

Why can't psychics predict lottery numbers?

What does a psychic say about the ability to predict the lottery numbers before they are drawn? Erin Pavlina, according to her website, "is a world renowned intuitive counsellor who uses her psychic abilities to help her clients achieve what they desire in the realm of career, relationships, finances, health, spirituality, and more."

Pavlina states, in no uncertain terms, that lottery numbers are randomly generated at the time of the drawing. A psychic can't predict the numbers because they have not yet been selected by the lottery machines. Furthermore, Pavlina states, psychics cannot actually predict the future!

For Pavlina, the bottom line is that lottery winners were not 'meant' to win when they play the lottery. "They are just lucky sons-of-bitches," she says. "Their win was random."

Do psychics actually need to win the lottery?

Maybe psychics don’t need to play, or win the lottery at all! If a person was truly a psychic and could foresee the future, that person would already know how to make a lot of money. That psychic probably earned a fortune by investing in the stock market. Therefore, purchasing a ticket to win a lottery jackpot worth a few million dollars is not worth a psychic’s time and, it probably wouldn’t even be worth the money.

There might be additional reasons why a psychic won’t play the lottery, or, better said, why a psychic is not allowed to play the lottery. Possibilities include:

** Psychics would prefer to avoid the publicity of a jackpot win and protect their anonymity.

** Psychics may be bound by some type of Hippocratic Oath which forbids them from using their powers for financial gain.

** Psychics may, in fact, be charlatans who make predictions based on the body language of their clients.

So, could a psychic win the lottery?

The bottom line is most definitely yes! Of course they could! A psychic has as good a chance of winning the US Powerball, the Mega Millions, or any other lottery as you do! There are no favourites here. All players are equal when it comes to filling out the numbers on a lottery ticket. Lottery numbers are chosen randomly and no one, not even a psychic, can determine which numbers will come up in a draw. In addition, a psychic should know, as should you, how long goes it take to get lottery winnings so that you can collect your prizes on time!

In any case, one thing is certain, and this is as true for you as for anybody with supernatural powers. If you don’t play the lottery, you won’t win the lottery!